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'File 19/243 III (C 95) Zubarah' [‎12r] (34/462)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (231 folios). It was created in 21 Jul 1937-14 Nov 1946. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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Translation of letter dated 2nd Jamad Awwal 1356
(11-7-37) from Shaikh Abdulxah bin QaGim al Thani, C.
Ruler of Qatar to Captain T.Hickinbotham, Political Agen^
After Compliments.
Referring to what I wrote to you in my letter
dated 26th Rabi al Thani 1356 (5-7-37), I aastfended to
take action and put an end to the disturbances and rest
lessnesses created by the rioters of ray subjects who dis
obeyed my orders. When I got near them and they felt my
determination in taking measures against them, they repent
ed their insubordination and yielded to me, listeners,
obedient, contemptible, submissive to hqt orders and pray
ing for pardon and mercy for the crimes and wrongs whih
they committed towards me and the country and admitting
their vuilt. I could not do anything, in these circum
stances, but to pardon and forgive them for their faulty
deeds for which they deserved punishment. But I preferred
forgiveness rather than punishment when they yielded to me
contemptible, confessing the wrongs and lapses. I did
all necessary in such cases, scattering their concentra
tion and making each of them return to his ovm place
after I took the necessary precautions to stopping them
from insubordination again. The tranquility and peace
have been restored, thank be to God for his favours, to
all parts of the country. But, Your Honour, I regret
to mention the acts committed by Bahrain during this
time, by reinforcing the rebels of my subjects by supplying
them with provisions, money, arms and ammunition with the
object of spreading the spirit of revolution and insub
ordination amongst my subjects which is not admitted by
laws and rules. I have found amongst the arms possessed
by the rebels of my subjects, arms which bore the Bahrain
Government mark. And my subjects alleged that they have
been sent to them by the Bahrain Government. This is a

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This file contains correspondence regarding the situation after hostilities that occurred between the Al Naim tribe (supported by Bahrain) and Qatar in Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. in June and July 1937.

The correspondence covers the period immediately following the events and continues for several years until 1946. It contains details of British mediation efforts between the two sides and also includes the text (in English and Arabic) of a reconciliation agreement between the two sides from 1944.

The file also contains a translation of an Arabic-language letter published in the Cairo publication 'Rabitat Al Arabieh' (f. 25). The letter is from a Bahraini and argues that the British had sided with Qatar in the conflict regarding Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. as they were afraid that if under Bahraini control, the concession for oil deposits near the town would be given to an American (as opposed to British) oil company as had been done in Bahrain.

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1 volume (231 folios)

File is arranged in chronological order, from earliest at beginning of the file to most recent at end.

Physical characteristics

A bound correspondence volume. There are two incomplete foliation sequences and one complete foliation sequence. The complete sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of each folio. It begins on the title page, on number 1, and runs through to 224, ending on the inside of the back cover of the volume. Anomalies: f.1A; f.126A; f.126B; f.141A; f.141B.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 19/243 III (C 95) Zubarah' [‎12r] (34/462), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/371, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 7 December 2019]

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